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HAPPILY EVER BLENDED // JULY 29, 2018 1 - 3PM
Do you ever worry about losing the cultural traditions of your heritage? Have you ever felt like a fraud for updating your traditions, even if it helped you connect to your heritage more?
Join my husband Bryan and I at the The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco as we lead a presentation and discussion of how couples and families with mixed cultural heritages can celebrate and adapt cultural traditions that both embrace multiple cultures and also honor and observe valued practices. From my own journey of sustaining aspects of my family’s Japanese cultural practices while converting to Judaism, we will lead you in discussions of how your own mixed families can continue to celebrate holidays and important life events while keeping multiple cultures and traditions alive.
MODERN JAPANESE BREAKFAST // JULY 15, 2018
Held at the new Chinatown gallery and event space, Baana, this event was a demo and conversation on how to make a healthy, easy Japanese breakfast using the best ingredients from Japan and California. I shared the basic building blocks of Japanese cooking, my resources for the best ingredients, and demonstrated how I transform an often time-consuming and elaborate meal into a simple weekday breakfast.
Together, we sat down to enjoy a modern Japanese breakfast, complete with a soothing pot of green tea from Spirit Tea. Participants went home with my Japanese Pantry Essentials Guide, ingredients for their first batch of dashi from Japanese food artisans, Koda Farms Kokuho Rose heirloom rice, and a gorgeous handmade ceramic bowl from Nama-ya, the local Japanese ceramicist behind many of dishes at my favorite Japanese restaurant in San Francisco, Rintaro.
Racial Justice Shabbat Passover Seder // March 30, 2018
This Passover Seder for Racial Justice, hosted by myself and Annette Blum of Shalon, exceeded our expectations on all fronts: Connections across cultural and ethnic groups, meaningful dialogue, and an amazing turnout. We sold out at nearly 100 attendees(!!) By the end of the evening, people who had just met were making plans to see each other again - a sign that a discussion of social justice and sharing of ideas to build unity beyond race, class and religion really resonated with everyone. We came away with inspirational ideas for getting involved in racial justice work and building community coalitions in practical ways. Check out my journal entry for a full recap of the event and recommendations on what you can do to support our speakers and the racial justice work that they do.
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE // FEBRUARY 28, 2018
I was honored to be a part of this 2018 Day of Remembrance event, presented by Tessaku and the California Historical Society, that signifies the signing of Executive Order 9066 and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. I was asked to design and create the menu for the reception, so I paid homage to my Japanese heritage and the spirit of the event with ginger chicken gyoza flowers, salmon rice balls and crudités with Meyer lemon edamame hummus. And of course, I had to bring some amazing mochi wagashi (sweets) from Benkyodo- the oldest San Francisco Japantown business. This event was impactful and so moving with attendees who experienced the incarceration, an audience that spanned the generational spectrum, and multidisciplinary presentators who offered unique ways to carry the torch forward for the next generation of activists.